One of rock music’s great eccentrics returns to Ramsgate for another endlessly inventive show!
Thomas Truax is known globally for his homemade, noise-making machines with fabulous names and their own strange personalities and mythologies. These bizarre creations have become his trusty bandmates and an essential part of his incredible live performance.
Think Tom Waits reincarnated in the bizarre universe of David Lynch. And you’ll still only be half-way there.
“There’s always a feeling you’re listening to something different, sometimes knowingly funny, and something very very special” – Drowned in Sound
One of the most imaginative characters on the pop music fringe, since the year 2000 Thomas Truax has been traveling the world performing with his evolving “band” of bizarre self-made Harry Partch-esque instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a pimped-up Dr. Seuss-ian Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’, as well as his venerable resonator guitar ‘Hank’. Time Out magazine has dubbed him “The king of home-made instruments” while Splendid magazine called him “one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you’ve never heard of”.
Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons ‘Why Dogs Howl at The Moon’. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) and the late author Terry Pratchett. Truax has released an original score for a major German stage production of ‘Peer Gynt’ (by award-winning director Kay Voges) and – inspired by a meeting with David Lynch – a highly-rated covers album ‘Songs From The Films Of David Lynch’.
“One of the greatest troubadours on the planet” – Echoes and Dust
“Genius” – NME
“Inventive and Romantic” – TimeOut